Name Released of I-44 Crash Victim

SLEEPER, Mo. -- The Missouri Highway Patrol has released the name of one of two people killed in multi-vehicle crashes on Interstate 44 Sunday.

Deborah Anderson, 63, of Ballwin, Missouri died in a 12-car crash in Laclede County, at the 138.2 mile marker shortly before 3:00 p.m.  See online crash reports for the Highway Patrol's Troop G region here

Anderson was in an SUV traveling eastbound, when her car hit two others that had stopped to avoid another accident further ahead.  The collision set off a chain reaction that eventually involved a dozen vehicles, including 4 tractor-trailer rigs.  

Another person died in another multi-vehicle crash near Marshfield.  Online crash reports for that wreck had not yet been posted as of 10:00 a.m. Monday.

The crashes were a part of a series of multi-car pile-ups that shut down I-44 between Marshfield and Conway, Missouri for more than 12 hours.  The highway was reopened for eastbound traffic about 5:00 a.m. Monday.

Another stretch of the interstate was closed for several hours in Phelps County, where another pile-up involving more than 2 dozen vehicles in at least four separate crashes around the 186 mile marker.  

The rash of crashes, both on the interstate and on city and rural streets and roads throughout southwest Missouri, came after a burst of fast-moving snowfall moved through the region Sunday afternoon.

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